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François Couture, Monsieur Délire, September 25, 2009

It took a few years (Hommage à Rosa Luxembourg goes back to 2005), but here it is, finally on record, Tim Brady’s My 20th Century. The idea was to use various century historical or anecdotal events of 20th century to tie together four of Brady’s works into a performace of music, video, and narrative. The narrative aspect is somewhat weak, but musically, this is Brady’s strongest work with Bradyworks since… Revolutionary Songs, perhaps? Four pieces (10-30 minutes each) bringing together contemporary chamber music and electric guitar. Strumming is a jewel of single-minded madness, very intense. And the Shostakovitch tribute Double Quartet is some great Brady: complex, systematic, elegant, sitting right on the fence between genres. This is album is out as a CD+DVD set — the DVD includes the same studio recordings, supported by the Martin Messier and Oana Suteu videos shown in live performances of the works. It’s not a live recording and you don’t get to see the musicians.

… musically, this is Brady’s strongest work with Bradyworks since… Revolutionary Songs.